Nike Designer Mocks Derrick Rose’s Injury
Jason Petrie, a Nike basketball shoe designer, is under fire for suggesting on Twitter that Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose would not have suffered a season-ending knee injury on Saturday had he chosen to wear Nikes rather than adidas.
“You got one guy only getting stronger, and one guy breaking down before our very eyes,” Petrie tweeted. “You chose poorly Pooh… #shouldasignedwithNIKE #GWS”
Rose in February signed what was characterized as a lifetime deal with adidas that is reportedly worth as much as $200 million over the next 13 years.
Petrie designs LeBron James signature Nike shoes. After a flood of tweets blasting Petrie for his insensitive remark, he backed off. “Y’all take s— too serious!,” Petrie tweeted. “Never want to see anyone get hurt- I hope DRose comes back stronger than ever, he’s too good…”
Sunday morning, Petrie tweeted an apology: “Wow! Twitterverse I do apologize. It was really just tongue n cheek! Never meant any harm or disrespect!”